IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL, you are like many students seeking a program such as Pacific Sands Academy. You may be tired of some of the following things that you have come across:
• schoolwork that doesn't allow you to work at the level you're capable of.
• study of subjects that aren't the subjects you're interested in.
• teaching that doesn't accommodate your style of learning.
• teachers and other staff who don't respect you.
• social climate in which you can't be yourself, or where you are bullied.
• a school environment that is coercive and punitive.

If facing these aspects of school affects you in a deeply negative way, school, for you, is destructive. I believe that, when there are alternatives, the healthiest possible thing you can do about a bad situation is to take yourself out of it. It is not a cop-out to avoid an emotionally damaging setting.

At Pacific Sands Academy, our goal is for you to find ways to move on to a healthier environment so you can pursue your education much more happily and effectively. Or you may already be pursing your education in a happy and healthy way! While at Pacific Sands Academy, the world is your oyster! You can learn and get credit for any number of activities! Here are a few examples:
  • travel
  • study independently
  • work with tutors and/or mentors
  • acquire skills and complete projects
  • take classes at the high school or college level
  • do volunteer work
  • complete on line courses
  • surf, fish, paddle, run, skateboard, participate in sports
  • do theater, music
  • create works of art
  • play video games
  • build computers
  • work with children
PSA does not offer a program that you attend daily; rather, you work toward your goals independently, knowing that you have support that you can call on at any time. You have the option of meeting with me once per week, every other week or once a month or less if that suits you.

You may simply want guidance in getting from where you are now to a new situation. If, for example, you're stuck in an ill-fitting high school program and want to be a lawyer, there are a number of ways to reach this goal without completing a traditional high school program.

You can earn a diploma based on the completion of your personalized goals when you're ready. Actually, you can graduate within a week or two of entering Pacific Sands Academy. If you have the courage and confidence to choose an unconventional educational path, this same courage and confidence will be the basis for your success in reaching your goals. PSA is closely modeled after Beach High School in Santa Cruz, CA, and many BHS students have gone on to be very successful in practical crafts, business, and the arts, and some have reached the highest levels of formal education.

'Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.'